Overview

Overview

Cleveland Clinic supports Advanced Practice Registered Nurses throughout all the Institutes within the Cleveland Clinic health system. The Office of Advanced Practice Nursing provide scope of practice oversight, maintains the credentialing and privileging process, and provides educational opportunities for APRNs as well as graduate students.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses are key providers of high quality, safe patient-family centered care. APRNs work in collaboration with physicians to provide care including: histories, physical exams, diagnoses, treatment plans. They are able to diagnose, and treat illnesses. They are able to order diagnostic tests and prescribe medications.

Cleveland Clinic is the largest employer of APRNs in the state of Ohio and one of the largest in the country. We invite you to learn more about becoming an APRN at Cleveland Clinic.

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Becoming an APN

Becoming an APN

Are you interested in becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse? Is your passion to provide the highest quality care with compassion to patients?

It's one of the fastest-growing health careers in the country, and one of the most rewarding. To become an APRN, it requires enrolling in an accredited APRN program within the role you are interested in pursuing. Enrollment and acceptance require nursing experience as well as standardized graduated education examinations. Currently the average APRN program takes 18-36 months to matriculate depending on full or part time student status.

In Ohio

In the state of Ohio, APRN’s are licensed through the Ohio Board of Nursing. The RN and Certificate of Authority license must be renewed with the Board every two years, as well as the Certificate to Prescribe (if applicable). Continuing education is required. For information on obtaining licensure refer to the Ohio Board of Nursing.

FAQs

FAQs

How did the Nurse Practitioner role begin?

In Colorado in the 1960’s, a pediatrician, Dr. Silver realized that children were not receiving basic medical care and decided something must be done. This pediatrician partnered with nursing colleague Dr. Loretta Ford and they created the first nurse practitioner education program. The University of Colorado PNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) program is recognized as the basis for the entire nurse practitioner profession.

In her 2009 foreword to the book "Nurse Practitioners: The Evolution and Future of Advanced Practice, Fifth Edition" Loretta Ford marvels at the expansion of the small pilot program she co-founded with Dr. Silver 44 years earlier. She writes, "Not only has the NP movement survived, but it has thrived and transformed the profession of nursing, and affected health care delivery services and the public's perception of nurses." In 2008, the American Nurses Association (ANA) reported 240,000 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in the United States.

What are the credentials required?

An APRN requires a masters’ degree, as well as national certification that matches the graduate program they attended. To obtain a license to practice as an APRN one must maintain the certification. The credentials and title are role specific, for example a pediatric nurse practitioner can be certified by two different certifying bodies, and the “letters” obtained while different are both recognized to be licensed to practice.

What is the number of APRNs at Cleveland Clinic?

Cleveland Clinic employs approximately 900 APRNs across the health system. APRNs practice in the hospital, in ambulatory clinics, surgical centers and across all specialties.

What is an Advanced Practice Registered (Nurse APRN)?

An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a nurse who has a master’s, post-masters, or doctoral degree in a nursing specialty and collaborates with a physician to practice medicine. APRNs help meet the demand for primary and specialty healthcare practitioners and serve as a part of the health care team.

There are four types of APRN roles: Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners. APRNss conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, and can prescribe medications. APRNs may have a broad scope of their role, including clinical practice, education, research and administrative services.

APRNs are graduate-prepared and nationally-certified in a population-based specialty for a specific role. There is certification as adult-gerontology APRNs, pediatric, acute care, women’s health to name a few.

What is the outlook of the profession?

APRNs have been ranked as a top profession by various sources in the last few years, ranking as high as the #2 profession with growth opportunities.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Meredith Lahl

Senior Director Advanced Practice Nursing

Nursing Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue
Mail Code: HSB-111
Cleveland, OH 44195
Ph: 216.445.2439
Fx: 216.636.2190
email: lahlm@ccf.org

Mary Beth McDonough

Department Coordinator

Office of Advanced Practice Nursing
9500 Euclid Avenue
Mail Code: HSB-111
Cleveland, OH 44195
Ph: 216.445.1235
Fx: 216.636.2190
email: mcdonom@ccf.org